A contemporary restaurant in an iconic location
TEXT: CHÉRINE KOUBAT | PHOTOS © GRAND CAFÉ DE LA GARE
Housed in the emblematic Liège-Guillemins railway station, Le Grand Café de la Gare has defeated all odds. Despite its utilitarian location, the streamlined restaurant has become a destination eatery for locals, where tourists mingle with local commuters and regulars. But do not expect a stuffy welcome here: with its buzzing atmosphere and relaxed, spacious setting, it is a real hive of activity.
In keeping with the station’s stunning design – the most photographed building in the city – the well-established Grand Café de la Gare serves traditional, regional fare in contemporary, minimalist surroundings. The venue changed hands in 2017 and the dynamic duo now in charge – successful entrepreneur Stéphan Uhoda and young manager Pierre Stassart – made the conscious decision to maintain the venue’s winning formula: a classic, French-style brasserie area for breakfast, drinks, or a quick bite to eat, and a restaurant area at the back.
“Considering our location, we have an amazing proportion of returning customers. In particular, our restaurant attracts a lot of regulars, whereas the brasserie is mostly visited by people on the go,” says Stassart. Aside from the fish and duck specialities, old-world dishes, such as black pudding, mille-feuille and grilled pig’s trotters, are a key attraction here. Seasonal recipes are also updated on a weekly basis. Clients keep coming back for the quality of the food and the warmth of the welcome, while the energetic ballet of travellers provides them with endless entertainment.
The restaurant is open all year round.